15:15 Perth Mon 10 September 2018
Not won since scoring over fences in 2014 and has been out of form in three starts in 2018. Getting long in the tooth now and others preferred.
Over two years since sole hurdles win, although has had few opportunities since, in truth. Mixed bag since returning from absence in June, and ran poorly on the Flat a week ago. New headgear combination tried now.
Sprang a minor surprise when taking a novice hurdle at Musselburgh last December but hasn't backed that up in two subsequent efforts for Sandy Thompson. Bit to prove starting out for new yard.
Mudlark who was given a positive ride by this promising young jockey to win at Newcastle in April (3m heavy). Found out by revised mark here next time, but not ruled out back from a break in a weaker contest.
Ran well to be placed twice in novice company around a year ago, but progress quickly levelled off. Didn't take to chasing last time, and makes handicap debut off a stiff enough mark.
Improved on earlier efforts to finish third in a C&D event on handicap debut in July, but never involved in deeper race at Southwell last time. Still early days, though, and return to this track should help.
Rejuvenated by his current handler he's unlucky not to be unbeaten in three runs at Cartmel; did well to recover from being badly baulked when scoring last time, and hard to beat if translating that form to different track here.
Not the easiest to predict, but running well just now, and scooted clear to win a C&D handicap last month. New mark demands more, but respected in current mood.
Last Year's Winner
|T: S CorbettJ: James Corbett|
Justatenner (15/8), Miro (7/2), Ballycrystal Court (5/1), Creadan Grae (7/1), Rivabodiva (11/1), Karingo (14/1), Simply Mani (14/1), Man With Van (20/1)
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